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placed members in the military and police force to launch insider attacks. >>> japan's air self-defense force scrambled fighter jets after a chinese aircraft came close to japanese air space. the aircraft was flying near the senkaku islands in the south china sea. the defense ministry says the asdf spotted a wide 12 propellor aircraft on its radar. the plane was approaching from the north. it released f-15 fighter jets from the chinese prefecture. it flew within 120 kilometers of the islands but left without raiding japanese air space. the afdf dispatched fighters in response. a wide 12 aircraft also approached the islands last saturday but left without violating japan's air space. >>> a chinese think tank says it can't rule out the possibility of clashes breaking out between japan and china over territorial disputes. the government-affiliated chinese academy of social sciences released its assessment of the international situation in a report on monday. referring to the budget in japan, they reported china-japan is in the worst state. it adds that tensions could be eased through diplom
in the previous cabinet. onodera is defense minister. he's well versed in dip ro mat tick and security issues. he chaired a lower house committee in okinawa and the northern territories. a newly created post for akira amari for the council on economic and fiscal policy which was cut by the previous government. we asked people in central tokyo what they expect from the abe administration. >> translator: i hope it will fix the economy and energize japan. >> translator: i want a new cabinet to use tax-free on the tsunami survivors. i really have a high expectation about this. >> translator: i want a new administration to listen to the voices of young people and do something new because nothing really seems to have changed. >> abe takes charge as japan is embroiled in some difficult relations with its neighbors. a former u.s. official hopes the new government will rebuild regional ties and those with the u.s. former deputy secretary of state james steinberg was a leading advocate for the asia pacific region. he welcomed abe's plan to make his the first foreign destination. >> i think there's no subst
from china and from north korea. the new defense minister has revealed plans to strengthen the self-defense forces. he addressed about 600 senior officials from the defense ministry and the self-defense forces on his first day on the job. >> translator: our nation's security is under increasing threat. we need to review our capabilities both in quality and quantity. >> he pointed to the dispute over the senkaku islands in the east china sea. chinese planes have flown into and around japanese air space in the area and chinese ships have sailed into japanese waters. he said he's also concerned about north korea's nuclear and missile development programs. >>> newly released details showed myanmar canceled a visit of sdf vessels out of consideration of china. two ships were scheduled to visit on the way back from mine sweeping drills in the persian gulf. no japanese vessel has ever made a port visit to the country. myanmar was under military rule for almost 25 years. the nation has been strengthening ties with japan and western nations since its transition to civilian rule in march of last year
interest in the area. it is intended to solidify its defense on the islands and shoals. nhk world, manila. >> some asean nations are taking a hard stance but sources have revealed that myanmar canceled what would have been the first port call by the self-defense force vessels. myanmar wanted to prevent a strong reaction from china. informed sources say two japanese mine sweepers were due to stop at myanmar's largest city but it was called off at myanmar's request. relations between japan and china remain tense. japan owns the islands, both china and taiwan claim them. myanmar has made other moves out of the consideration for china despite the criticism from the west in november. police in the country cracked down on demonstrations against a copper mine operated by a chinese firm and a firm linked to the military. over 70 protesters were injured and forged close relations with china during the military rule when western countries imposed economic sanctions on the country in the past two decades, investment from china has totalled $14 billion. >>> as china increases its economic and militar
is ready and willing to defend the territory. the defense white paper notes the islands are an inherent part of south korea. geographically, historically and under international law. it features three photos of the islands. one shows the navy staging a drill in nearby waters. the report says the military has a strong willingness to defend the islands and has prepared a deterrent strategy. as in past reports, this latest white paper also uses the phrase enemy to define north korea. it notes the reclusive nation has honed missile technology through several tests and cites analysis of satellite images and concludes that scientists are enriching uranium at a new facility. >>> the defense and foreign policy files are just two in a stack that will be on park's desk when she takes over as president. many south koreans want her to rein in the country's conglomerates. these big business blocks have helped fuel the economy but they've also been suffocating small and medium sized companies. our reporter has the story. >> reporter: this man loves serving up bread and other goods to customers who vi
, primarily in the defense budget, which could have huge repercussions for the massive u.s. defense industry. and there's more -- investment in the country's aging infrastructure would also have to be cut back. some experts say it would mean the u.s. gross domestic product would shrink by at around 3.5%. the resulting recession could have severe consequences for the entire global economy. >> the american economy gets a cold, the rest of the world this sneezing pretty quickly, too, so it is going to have ramifications. how quickly those will happen depends on exactly which parts of the economy start to give way first. >> jennifer thomas hopes it will not come to that, but time is running out for politicians in washington to reach a deal. >> germany is gearing up for federal elections to take place next autumn, even though campaigning is not yet in full swing. the leading candidates are already fully in the spotlight, and, of course, keeping the election in mind with their every public mood. the opposition certainly have their work cut out for them. current opinion polls favor the incumbent ch
and the gulf nations in check. >>> the leaders of the six arab gulf states have been discussing their defense strategies. they agreed to bring their military forces under a single authority. they also highlighted their concerns about neighbors iran and syria. the gulf cooperation council held a summit meeting in the bahraini capital manama. the leaders said they'll launch a joint military command and try to strengthen regional cooperation. >> translator: we agreed to set up a unified military command. and focus our defense capacities. to counter external threats. >> many gulf states are ruled by sunni muslims, but shias are staging anti-government campaigns in bahrain and saudi arabia. governments in the region say shia-dominated iran is instigating the protests. the council members also said they would push for the resignation of syrian president bashar al assad, an ally of iran. >>> officials in okinawa prefecture have requested the japanese government to scrutinize u.s. osprey flights. they say the military aircraft had over 300 safety violations in the first two months after deployment at
>> welcome to the "journal" on dw. >> coming up in this half-hour -- >> the defense minister defects as rebels say they are making gains in some parts of syria. >> ceremonies being held in several asian countries to remember the victims of the deadly 2004 tsunami. >> we took a look at a mexican priest who set up a shelter for migrants seeking their fortune in the united states. >> fresh attempts are being made to find a diplomatic solution to end the syrian conflict. the syrian foreign minister has reportedly flown to moscow to discuss these proposals by the united nations envoy. >> meanwhile, activists say at least 20 people, many of them children, have been killed by government shelling in the north of the country, and in a setback for the government, the country's military police chief has defected. then he says he felt the army was no longer acting in the interests of the syrian people. >> the officer in this video identifies himself as the head of the military police. he says the syrian army is not protecting a country. instead, it is destroying cities and committing mas
people living in a different world and they are not responsible. i believe in the insanity defense and acquittal on the grounds of insanity. >> daniel patrick moynihan, great american center, public servant, had a simple suggestion. tax the magazines, the bullets. i do not care how many guns they have. if they cannot fire them, they will not kill people. >> state department takes a big hit on benghazi. >> the state of art and had not given benghazi the security both physical and personnel resources it needed. >> former ambassador thomas pickering, former chair of the accountability review board investigated the attack. the report is the result of three resignation so far. i guarantee that is not the end of this debate. >> i feel a little bit as if, you know when somebody is going down the street and they cut someone off. the other guy is curious and the arab driver says, you are right. that is what happened this week. the state department said you are right. it took the wind out of the sales of the republican conspiracy theorists, i think, someonwhat. a hearing on capitol hill was
repercussions were extensive. the german defense minister at the time was forced to step down for his handling of the affair. >> coming up later in the program, a look at how the eurozone crisis is making life miserable for greece's rural population. >> but first, here are some other stories making headlines. thousands of sunni muslims are continuing their protests against the iraqi government, demanding the resignation of the prime minister, accusing him of sectarian politics. that's after bodyguards of the sunni finance minister were arrested on terrorism charges last week. >> the president of the central african republic has appealed to france and the u.s. for help against a rebel coalition that has vowed to topple his government. france has declined to intervene against the rebels who have already taken several towns and are now advancing on the capital. >> heavy snow has paralyzed large parts of eastern canada. in montreal, traffic came to a virtual standstill. police are telling people to stay at home, as some areas are expected to receive almost half a year of additional snow. well, we
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